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Big stadiums attract larger fan gatherings

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Attendance figures for 2018 for women’s and men’s basketball and 2017 for basball, softball and volleyball.

Attendance figures for 2018 for women’s and men’s basketball and 2017 for basball, softball and volleyball.

Attendance figures for 2018 for women’s and men’s basketball and 2017 for basball, softball and volleyball.

Cory Geer, Staff Writter

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In college sports, there always seems to be a battle of who can have the most fans attend their games. Penn State University boasts Beaver Stadium holding 107,000 fans and even uses it as a hashtag on twitter as #107KStrong.

Numerous Penn State football players have said that Beaver Stadium has the best atmosphere in sports because of its size.

Pitt-Johnstown senior student Rudy Gleixner said it was the best atmosphere he has ever experienced.

“The place was crazy. They weren’t even good at the time. The stadium was shaking and people were going crazy when it came to their team.”

At the Division 2 level, it is different when it comes to the number of people at games and how attendance is counted.

At the Division 1 level, athletic officials count tickets sold and usually inflate the number according to a recruiting website, Rivals.

At the Division 2 level, the sports information director attending the game estimates the attendance.

Pitt-Johnstown Sports Information Director Chris Caputo said he just gives it his best guess.

“It isn’t an easy thing to do, but I give it my best guess and try to be as ac curate as possible,” Caputo said.

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